“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Thought for the Day: God brings us rest
“I can tell by your blog, you are getting a little more sleep and I am glad” and “You are sounding more like yourself, keep up the good work” were the words my sweet “Rita” messaged me over the past week. Since we moved in late December and I began teaching in early January, I found myself fatigued to the point that by the time I returned home in the afternoon I was ready to collapse. But, I do have two children so collapsing into a chair was not an option. So, by the end of May I was feeling exhausted and no one noticed it any more than Rita. She began reminding me a couple of months earlier that I was sounding very tired and that I needed to get more rest. As the school year came to an end, I found myself busy with printing resumes and delivering them to schools in the area and worrying about finding a new position. Then, I switched my thoughts over and began working on things that needed to be done in the house. Beginning in the main floor area of the house, I unpacked all of the boxes that had lined the walls and placed everything in their proper place. When I finished, I looked around and it felt really good. Then, I headed upstairs to the bedroom area and walked in my youngest son’s room. Overwhelmed, I began opening the many boxes placed in his room by the movers that never should have been placed there but I had been too tired to confront the problem. Many hours of hard work paid off and a couple of days later, his room was finished and another room was done. As each area of the house was unpacked and finished, I sent pictures to Rita. She could see that I had been working continuously on the house and she also noticed that I began sounding more like myself and that I seemed more rested.
As I look back at this time and the enjoyment I have had preparing our house, I have thought about the different types of “tired” we feel in life. In the beginning I was tired from mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion. There seemed to be no end to that tired feeling I woke up to each morning and went to bed with each evening. Then, when summer came I began feeling only physical tiredness at the end of the day and the sleep I had during the night was complete without waking in worry. Today, as I researched to find a scripture about tiredness, I ran across a quote, “There is purpose in the waiting. God’s road always leads us somewhere. He doesn’t take us on our journey to waste time or for there to be no purpose. His journeys always have purpose and they always produce character and fruit.” In looking back over these past few months, I can see where the hardships I have felt have led me to this period of peace that God has given me.
The realization that God has a purpose for me makes all of the exhaustion I felt have more meaning. I do not know what the future holds for me in a job, but I do know that God holds my future. He will take care of the details and He will use me while I wait.
Prayer: Father, thank you for giving us those special people in our lives who know us better than anyone else. You work through them to help us through whatever happens in our lives. Please be with us “in the wait” to continue looking to You as we continue the work You have for us in that time. We love you. Amen
Prayer Focus: Those who are Exhausted